'Spotlight,' 'Carol' Added to Hamptons Film Festival Lineup

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The two Oscar hopefuls are making their way through the fall festival circuit.

Tom McCarthy's Spotlight and Todd Haynes' Carol have been added to the lineup for this year's Hamptons International Film Festival.

Spotlight is playing as the Saturday centerpiece film while Carol is the Sunday centerpiece film. Both titles will play at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

Spotlight is based on the true story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning yearlong investigation that revealed a massive cover-up of child abuse by priests throughout the Boston Archdiocese. The movie stars Michael Keaton as Boston Globe "Spotlight team" editor Walter Robinson along with Liev Schreiber and John Slattery as Robinson's fellow editors and Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo as fellow reporters. Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup co-star.

Spotlight had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and played at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals. The movie has received rave reviews from festival screenings. Spotlight is set to open in select theaters on Nov. 6.

Carol, which made its world premiere in Cannes, is also making the fall-festival rounds, playing at Telluride before upcoming screenings at the New York and London film festivals. The movie, based on Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt, follows two women (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) who embark on an affair in 1950s New York. The Weinstein Company is set to release Carol in theaters on Nov. 20. Carol production company Killer Films is set to be honored by the Hamptons Film Festival.

Carol has also been well-received by critics, with The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy calling the film "absorbing and beautifully crafted" and praising Blanchett and Mara's "outstanding performances."

"It is an honor to be screening these films for our Centerpieces this year," HIFF artistic director David Nugent said in a statement. "McCarthy and Haynes are two of America’s most talented filmmakers and they are working at the top of their game."

HIFF executive director Anne Chaisson added: "Spotlight and Carol have garnered high praises and are highly anticipated for the awards circuit this year. Both films truly demonstrate the high caliber of films that we continue to pursue and program at our festival."

The 23rd Hamptons Film Festival is set to run from Oct. 8-12.